Council of Europe publishes reports on minority languages in Denmark
Strasbourg, 2 March 2011. The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has today made public the third report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Denmark. The report has been drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter.
On the basis of this report, the Council of Europe calls on Denmark to increase the level of radio broadcasting in German and provide TV broadcasts in German in South Jutland, in close cooperation with the German-speakers.
Furthermore, it recommends Denmark to ensure that the reduction of subsidies for private schools and cuts of the transport allowances will not jeopardize the continued functioning of the German-language schools at the current level.
The Council of Europe also calls on the Danish authorities to take a more active and structured approach in promoting German as a minority language. Furthermore Denmark should pursue the dialogue with the German minority with a view to improving the presence of the German language in public life.
The full report and Committee of Ministers' recommendations can be downloaded from the Charter website (www.coe.int/minlang) (in the "Documents" section).
Further information can also be found on the Charter’s website or by contacting the Charter Secretariat (Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +33 (0)3 88 41 31 86).